WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- To say the proposed Titan Cement plant is a hot button issue in the Cape Fear would be an understatement. Following mediation, a claim of slander against two Stop Titan participants has been resolved.
With the lawsuit against Kayne Darrell and Dr. David Hill out of the way, the Stop Titan group held what they called solidarity social.
Darrell is glad to have the lawsuit behind her.
"It's been a little over a year, and I am very relieved to be able to put this behind me, and I am very much looking forward to being able to focus my attention in making sure our community has clean air to breath," Darrell said.
The meeting Friday night had a mood of celebration as Titan opponents congratulated both Darrell and Hill, who each say they remain committed to trying to stop the cement plant from coming to New Hanover County.
Titan maintains that the cement plant along the Northeast Cape Fear River near Castle Hayne will operate in accordance with all rules and regulations. The company says it recognizes that reasonable minds have the right to disagree.
Meanwhile many people at the meeting say they will continue to try to stop Titan and they think the lawsuit should not have been filed in the first place.
"I'm glad they dropped the lawsuit," Titan opponent Richard Polle said. "They never should have brought it. It was a bully tactic. I mean you had two citizens who were talking to their elected officials about a public policy about whether we should have this cement plant in our community."
Both Hill and Darrell released statements regarding their comments that instigated the suit, and they say they will continue their opposition.
Here is the news release of the full statements issued by Hill and Darrell.
Dr. David Hill and Kayne Darrell released the following statements today through their attorney after settling a slander suit with Titan earlier this week.
DR. DAVID HILL:
I made certain statements about Titan America and its proposed Carolinas Cement plant before the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. On further reflection, I could have been more careful in the words I chose to voice my opposition to the plant. I made the statements out of concern as a citizen of this community and as a physician and father.
I remain opposed to a cement plant being built in our community, but I understand that Carolinas Cement received its air permit and must comply with all state and federal regulations. Those regulations should help in reducing the adverse health effects, as intended by the Environmental Protection Agency.
I made certain statements about Titan America and its Carolinas Cement plant before the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. As a concerned member of this community, I recognize that many may trust my statements as statements of fact. I made the statements out of concern as a citizen of this community and as someone who lives near the proposed cement plant.
I remain opposed to a cement plant being built in our community, but I understand that Carolinas Cement received its air permit, and must comply with all state and federal regulations, including limitations on emissions. It is my hope that those regulations should help in reducing the adverse health effects. Since my statements, it is my understanding that Titan's subsidiary has been dismissed with prejudice from a price-fixing class action lawsuit, and in any event, I understand that the lawsuit contained just allegations, as I stated, and that they were not proven. I also mentioned court ordered mine closures of one of Titan's subsidiaries. Since those statements were made, I understand the Army Corp of Engineers had issued new permits for mining in the Lake Belt, and all of the mines there, including Titan's, are operational. To the extent that any of my comments left anyone with the impression that Titan had, in fact, engaged in price fixing or was in fact involved in corruption, that impression would be erroneous. My comments were never intended to convey that impression.